CHS to Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the First Graduation

Posted by Bridget Martinson on 3/19/2015

Chesterton High School will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first graduating class of the school throughout the upcoming months, according to Jeff Van Drie, principal at Chesterton High School.

“This year is an important milestone for our school and community,” said Van Drie. “We have a number of events being planned by a committee composed of students, faculty, alumni, area residents, and representatives from community groups and the Westchester Township History Museum.”

In 1890, two students, Hanna Whitcomb and May Wilber, were the first graduates of Chesterton High School. Now, in the 124 years following, over 12,000 individuals have graduated from the school.

“It is fitting that we mark the celebration of this year’s graduating class at Chesterton High School by celebrating a legacy of quality education in our community,” added Van Drie.

“All of the members of the committee are excited to plan the events celebrating this unique milestone,” stated Ralph Ayres, Duneland School Board president and a graduate of Chesterton High School.

The planning committee will incorporate the creation of a logo designed by a CHS student that will include the legacy of education at Chesterton High School, Liberty Township High School and Jackson Township High School. Liberty and Jackson Schools were merged with Westchester Township and portions of Pine Township to create the Duneland School in 1968. For more information on the history of Chesterton High School click on the links to the left.

Van Drie stated that there will be numerous events and activities announced as the committee finalizes each portion of the celebration.  The graduation of the Class of 2015 is scheduled for June 4, 2015.